RJ Anderson avenged disappointing results earlier this season at Crandon International Raceway to score Sunday’s victory in the Red Bull Crandon World Cup. Anderson overcame a mid-race incident just before the finish line to slice and dice his way through the multi-class field and make the winning pass on the final lap.
“I finally got you!” an elated Anderson exclaimed to local hero Keegan Kincaid after post-race interviews, as Kincaid walked over to congratulate him.
It was anything but a straightforward path, though. Kincaid and the Pro 2 field started the race first, followed by the Pro 2 Unlimited group and finally the faster Pro 4s. As the latter group began to catch the Pro 2s, Pro 4 leader Bryce Menzies stalled and took heavy contact from Brian Deegan’s Pro 2 in the middle of the final corner, resulting in a kerfuffle that also collected Anderson, CJ Greaves, and Daely Pentico.
Undeterred by his spin in the wreck, or by the loss of bodywork, Anderson continued on as Menzies pulled off and Greaves’ truck later succumbed to a flat tire. He clawed his way into podium contention by passing Kyle Kleiman, chased down Jeremy McGrath for second, and got past Kincaid for the top spot on the last lap.
This year’s Red Bull Crandon World Cup saw one of its largest fields in history, with well over 30 Pro 4s and Pro 2s on the starting grid. Numerous drivers either made their first starts of the season, like McGrath and Menzies, or came out of retirement, like Jamey Flannery and Scott Douglas, to run the event.
With the victory, Anderson took home the $50,000 top cash prize, as well as a custom Henry rifle and Lincoln Electric welder. Kincaid received $5,000 for second, while McGrath took home $3,000 for third. In total, the Red Bull Crandon World Cup race was responsible for $64,000 of the $197,700 in cash and product prizes available during Sunday’s event.
Stay tuned for more recap coverage from this weekend’s 50th Annual Polaris RZR World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway!